Football

British comedian shreds £10,000 over David Beckham Qatar deal

Joe Lycett said last week he would donate the money to charity if Beckham agreed to cut ties with the World Cup host or he would shred the money before the tournament began.

After threatening former England soccer captain David Beckham with a severance package worth up to $11,900, a British comedian shredded 10,000 pounds ($11,900) in bank notes.

Qatar has been criticized for its treatment of foreign workers, LGBTQ+ rights, and restrictive social laws, yet Beckham, a former Manchester United and Real Madrid midfielder, has chosen to work there.

Joe Lycett threatened last week to shred the money or donate it to charity if Beckham did not agree to sever ties with the World Cup host.

Lycett uploaded video footage of himself on Sunday, dressed in a rainbow-colored dress, feeding two stacks of five-pound notes into a woodchipper.

Earlier, Lycett had called Qatar “one of the worst places to be gay,” and Beckham “a gay icon.”

Although he has received the ultimatum, Beckham has not responded to it in public.

Despite the fact that homosexuality is illegal in Qatar, the organizers of the World Cup there have assured everyone, regardless of sexual orientation or background, that they will have a wonderful time.

The country has also refuted claims that it abused workers or paid bribes to secure the hosting rights.